Jasmine Guy is known for her conservative southern belle charm in A Different World (1987) as Whitley Gilbert.
She has worked as a singer, dancer, and thespian. After touring the globe and working on Broadway she landed her dream role as Whitley on A Different World. This was the role that set her television career on fire. She went on to appear in countless TV shows like Melrose Place (1995), Touched by an Angel (1995), and HBO’s Dead Like Me (2003). She was also known to co-star in the occasional classic like School Daze (1988), and Harlem Nights (1989).
The multi-talented performer was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 10, 1962. She was the daughter of a Black man and a Cape-Verdean American woman. With such an exotic cultural background it made her easy to cast to play an array of characters.
In 1998, she married Terrence Duckett and the couple gave birth to their daughter, Imani. Though Guy envisioned the marriage would last a lifetime, after a decade of marriage the couple called it quits. The divorce was messy including a custody battle, and unpaid child support. Imani was given to her mother with full custody, allowing visitation for Duckett.
In 2010, rumors flooded the web that Guy had drug problems and was battling Lupus. Since then, Guy has set the record straight and denied all rumors and speculation.
Though life has been a roller coaster, Guy has continued to stay visible on the silver screen. She’s made appearances on hit shows like My Parents, My Sisters, and Me (2009), Drop Dead Diva (2010), Let’s Stay Together (2012) and her leading role on The Vampire Diaries. She plays a strong witch that defends herself and family against vampires.
Guy just wrapped a few film projects. Big Stone Gap, a story that explores the life of Ave Maria Mulligan and her dedication to her community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia. Guy plays Leah Grimes.
She is also working on Ir/Reconcilable (2014), its a short film about a sober mother named Robye (Jasmine Guy) that is finally ready to see her family again after battling terminal illness and addiction.